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Plan for NCJ virtual session changes

Bishop Bard is NCJ President

On behalf of NCJ College of Bishops, President David Bard shares a new schedule for the North Central Jurisdictional Conference Nov, 10-11.

Bishop says do not act on BSA package

BSA Package

The Boy Scouts of America is mailing a Disclosure Statement Package to churches sponsoring troops. Bishop Bard advises churches not to respond at this time. 

Bishop’s new advice on Scout charters

Scout assembly

Bishop Bard recommends that churches to pause rechartering of Scout troops through March of 2022; continue with the present charter or facilities use agreement.

The many masks we wear

Trick or treat with masks

We put masks on. We take masks off. Both actions are important says Bishops David Bard as he considers the pandemic, division in The United Methodist Church, and uncovering events in our history.

A camp remembered as ‘a deciding place’

Tabernacle at Crystal Springs Camp

Life-changing decisions have been made at Crystal Springs for 160 years. Now, as the Pokagon Band develops the site, the Creator remains present, sharing “lessons in every leaf and rock.”

Re-founding Methodist movement in Michigan

Re-founding involves sowing

Part three on Strategic Directions of The Michigan Conference. Rev. Paul Perez shares the Vision Statement behind the Strategic Directions: “re-founding a Methodist movement through new ministries in new communities.”

Were you made for times like this?

Man dealing with times of stress

Bishop David Bard reflects on this season of life and ministry and says nuanced thinking and tragic optimism are needed during a time of grief, trauma, and challenge.

Let’s stay resilient against COVID

Bishop Bard considers strategies for COVID response

Bishop David Bard talks about the continuing pandemic and how Michigan United Methodists can promote public health and further the common good as COVID enters a new phase.

‘Fixing hearts’ after mid-Michigan flood

Bishop visits flood recovery in Sanford

Bishop David Bard and Michigan Conference leaders recently visited Sanford, Gladwin, and Midland to hear Case Managers talk about long-term recovery from the catastrophic Tittabawassee River flood in May 2020.  

UM churches assess flood damage

Volunteers work on flood damage in churches

Torrential rains hit Wayne and Washtenaw counties in late June. Five congregations in Detroit — Resurrection, Second Grace, Trinity Faith, Metropolitan, and Cass Community–are now assessing damage from the flooding.